ICC approves process to elect next chairman; Laxman, Vettori in cricket committee

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board approved the process to elect the next chairman of the world body in November. After the meeting in Birmingham, it was decided that with Greg Barclay ending his tenure this year, the election will be decided by a simple majority and the term of the Chair will be for a two-year period between December 1, 2022, to November 30, 2024.

The ICC Board has decided that a two-thirds majority is no longer required to be elected as the chairman. According to the latest recommendations, the contestant bagging 51 per cent votes will be elected as the winner. In a 16-member board, the candidate needs just nine votes from the directors to get elected.

With Barclay’s term ending, there is strong speculation that Sourav Ganguly could emerge as the next chair of the ICC as several countries may back him, however, sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) indicated that “it’s too early” to come to any conclusion. 

A lot will depend on the verdict by the Supreme Court on the cooling-off period of the BCCI president and the secretary. The bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana is scheduled to hear the matter on Thursday and the Board insiders feel that depending on the Supreme Court’s verdict, Ganguly’s future could be decided.

Laxman, Vettori in ICC cricket committee

Former India international and the current National Cricket Academy chief VVS Laxman and former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori have been appointed to the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee as current player representatives. West Indies’ Roger Harper has been selected as the second past player representative on the committee joining Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene.

Newest members

In the meeting, the ICC awarded associate membership status to Cambodia, Cote D’Ivoire and Uzbekistan. Cambodia and Uzbekistan are the 24th and 25th Members of the Asia region, while Cote D’Ivoire is Africa’s 21st Member, with the ICC now comprising 108 Members in total, including 96 Associates.

However, Ukraine’s application for ICC Membership is deferred until cricket activity is able to safely resume within the country and it can demonstrate that it satisfies 2.2(b)(ii) and 2.2(c)(iii) of the Membership Criteria. 

The ICC continues to support the Ukraine Cricket Federation through this process. Following Russia’s suspension at the 2021 AGM due to continued non-compliance since July 2019 with ICC Membership Criteria 2.2(a)(i), 2.2(b)(i) and 2.2(b)(ii) and after failing to resolve the issues and demonstrate compliance following suspension, Cricket Russia has now had its Membership of the ICC terminated.

Focus on Afghanistan

The ICC Board received an update from the Afghanistan Working Group, and the Afghanistan Cricket Board representatives provided an update on the situation relating to women’s cricket in Afghanistan.

ICC representatives will be seeking to meet with Afghanistan Cricket Board and government officials to discuss the matter further in coming weeks.

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